Max Anstie took a double race win to clinch his first GP win of the season at a muddy Kegums in Latvia on Sunday. The British Kawasaki rider, who won Saturday's qualifying race, was clearly in a league of his own. First time out he started fourth but eventually overhauled leader Pauls Jonass, leading his home GP.

Anstie's bike started to smoke and he was pitboarded to ease off the clutch. He cleared off for an easy win, then in race two took the holeshot and completely dominated the field. It was his first ever double moto win, and his first overall win of the season for Kawasaki. He gave the bike its first single moto win in Germany recently, too. Latvian KTM rider Jonass finished second in both races for second overall.

Anstie said: "This means a lot. I knew it was important to get a good start then I was just banging my laps out. The team have worked hard and now for the remainder of the season we'll keep the ball rolling. It's a great for Pauls too. I could hear the fans cheering for him!"

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Jonass said: "After last week's crash in Sweden I didn't expect I'd be so good this week. But the home crowd were awesome. I came here when I was riding 85s and I said my goal was one day a Latvian would stand here on the podium. And now I've done it. It it's a dream come true."

A surprise third overall was Finn Harri Kullas, making his debut as a replacement rider for injured Alex Tonkov in the Wilvo Husky team. Kullas said: "It's the first podium in my career. To be on the podium was my dream and now it came true! I got a big chance from Husqvarna and the whole team. The bike was working so well."

With points leader Jeffrey Herlings missing the event due to the hand he injured in a spill at last week's Swedish GP, Honda's Tim Gajser was hoping to claw back lots of points at the top of the table. Crashes and poor starts kept him in a disappointing fifth overall. But that meant he scored 32 points and cut Herlings' lead down to 46 points.

It was a great day for Briton Ben Watson who ran a fine pace, just behind the leading group, and took ninth overall.

Results:
MX2 overall: Max Anstie 50, Pauls Jonass 44, Harri Kullas 36, Jeremy Seewer 34, Tim Gajser 32, 6 Davy Pootjes 30.
Championship points: Jeffrey Herlings 423, Gajser 377, Guillod 352, Jonass 351.